Most oil refinery victims treated and released, 1 remains hospitalized

29 April, 2018, 01:13 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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The evacuations extended 10 miles south of the refinery, three miles east and west, and one mile north.

It was not immediately clear how many people were affected by the evacuation order.

Officials ordered an evacuation of a wide area around the Husky Energy refinery to reduce the public's exposure to the plume.

Neither the police department nor the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency immediately responded to phone messages.

At least 11 people were hurt.

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More than 27,000 people evacuated from the area surrounding the refinery. She said emergency room physicians described those patients as awake and alert. Mary's Medical Center, which operates hospitals in Superior and nearby Duluth, Minnesota.

The duration and extent of the toxic hazard depends on a variety of factors, such as wind direction and speed, proximity to the refinery and weather events that can trap pollution close to the ground, said Elena Craft, senior health scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund. She doesn't know the condition of that person.

A large fireball erupts during a series of fires and explosions at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior, Wis. Thursday, April 26, 2018.

When asked if the city was "out of the woods" yet, the fire chief said that the product is still very hot, and is expected to retain heat for another 24 hours.

Pollution experts say the chemicals released in the explosion can linger long after the fire is extinguished. All Superior schools closedFriday due to the fire.

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The refinery has capacity to store 3.6 million barrels of crude and other products, and it has operated for decades under a string of owners; Husky Energy bought it previous year for $435 million.

Eleven people were injured, but there have been no fatalities.

"Our focus in the days ahead will turn to the investigation and understanding the root cause of the incident", Husky Energy said.

A contractor who was inside the building told WDIO television that the explosion sounded like "a sonic boom" that happened when crews were working on shutting the plant down for repairs. And the reason we didn't release it at 7 p.m. was that at 6:42, they put the fire out, and that was the news. "EPA is also providing oversight of waterway monitoring for oil and runoff impacts". There have been no neighborhood evacuations.

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